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    Welcome to the Brookwood Forest Technology Department!  Technology is one of the tools used to provide resources, opportunities and ideas for our community of learners.  BWF has an active technology committee that helps plan and make decisions on technology design and usage.  
  • Brookwood Forest Technology Team 2019-20

    K—Tanishia Sims
    1—Carrie Knight
    2—Eleanor Walker
    3—Dawn Elsberry
    4—Lane Walker
    5—John Woolard
    6—Marion Bray
    Music - Debbie Rakes

    Technology Coordinator - Sharon Mumm
    Assistant Principal - Ashley Crossno
    Principal - Nathan Pitner


BWF Tech Blog

  • Wow What a Week!

    Posted by Sharon Mumm on 4/3/2020

    Thank you so much for all that you are doing for the BWF students!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you.  Because you guys have been incredible learners for several years you are in such a good place for doing what we are trying to do! 


    Thanks:  Shout-out to Eleanor Walker and Mandy Cramer for helping with the training this week!  They went above and beyond to help make the virtual conference a success. 


    Virtual Conference:  Recordings and resources from the Virtual Conference can be found here on the Schedule.  We are planning on providing on-going training over the next several weeks.  Please send me an email on any specific topics or help you think would be good to cover.  If you have something you would like to present let me know that as well.  We want it to be relevant for you!


    Help for you:  ITdirect is your friend!  ITdirect will be my priority list.  I will answer emails, text, voicemail and smoke signals as I have time.  If you would like to schedule an appointment time with me I will have time available. 


    Help for Students and Parents:  I can already see how you guys are going to be front-line support for students and parents. Please put in an ITdirect for any issues you can’t solve.  We are working on a plan if we have broken chromebooks but at this point just put in an Itdirect ticket or have the parent email mbssupport@mtnbrook.k12.al.us.    Another source of help that you might want to have on your webpage, classroom, canvas page is this: 


    District eLearning Parent Help Page: https://www.mtnbrook.k12.al.us/Page/19217

    Notice the following: *Classlink Tips for Students at Home & *Elementary Chromebook Home


    Rules for on-line Meetings:  I was searching for a cute poster about norms for students for on-line meetings and just realized that it would be appropriate for each class to write and set their own classroom expectations.  If anyone’s class has one they want to share – I would love to see what they come up with. 


    Apps and Extensions: 

    FYI-I force installed 2 Chrome extensions and an app for Staff today. (You will be able to see them when you restart your staff Chromebook and log back in or if using your home computer, when you sign in to Chrome and refresh your page.) And I force installed 1 extension for BWF K-6 Students today. Read below for more information.



    1. Screencastify extension – record your screen and voice or yourself.   (Use the Code CAST_COVID to get the premium version for free)
    2. Google Meet Grid View extension – adds an additional view to your Google Meet window where you can see all participants at once in a grid view.

    Extensions show up here on the right side of Chrome’s Omnibox/Address bar:

    1. iPeevo Whiteboard App – A whiteboard for your Chromebook. Whiteboard allows you to draw or annotate directly onto a blank whiteboard or imported images in order to highlight, emphasize or clarify areas of interest (thought this might be really useful for math, etc. . . . ) When you launch the app, select use mouse only so you can use your mouse or finger on your Chromebook. If you pull this up and then launch Screencastify, you can record those lessons where you need to draw math problems or . . .

    On a laptop or desktop (see image below): Chrome Apps show up here 1 on a laptop or desktop, when you are signed in to Chrome 2 and have your bookmarks bar showing 3

    On a Chromebook, you swipe up from the bottom of your screen to reveal installed Chrome Apps, or you can click the Apps Launcher (circle) in lower left of Chromebook and then click the up arrow that appears to reveal installed Chrome Apps.



    For students at BWF, K-6, I force installed the Google Meet Grid View extension.


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  • Tech Update 10/7

    Posted by Sharon Mumm on 10/7/2019

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  • eDay is coming

    Posted by Sharon Mumm on 9/30/2019

    EDay is Coming Up!

    What is an eDay? An eDay is a day in which students receive their classroom instruction electronically. eDay lessons are valuable instruction linked to grade level standards and in-class learning. eDays provide our students with the following benefits:

    · Practice with online learning, developing effective and creative ways to promote instruction beyond the classroom walls.

    · Preparation and practice in the event an eDay is called due to emergency circumstances.


    How do we ensure a successful eDay?


    · Each teacher creates his/her own Class eDay and posts in a Digital Tool: Google Classroom or Canvas (5th,6th) If you want to link to multiple resources, those links can be placed in your Canvas or Google Classroom.

    · All students go through Classlink to access Grade Level eDay.

    · Students have prior in-class & at-home practice with all Tools & Skills used in eDay Lessons.

    · All eDay resources work on iPad, Chromebook & Computer and have been tested.

    · Brief instruction to access eDay is located off each Homeroom Webpage. Verbiage: “Welcome to our (insert date here) eDay. Please login through Classlink like we have practiced to access your eDay in (insert Google Classroom or Canvas here). Please visit your PE teacher and your special teacher’s website for their eDay information.“ (Instructional Video for Teachers on where/how to add to webpage Here from Crestline)

    · Specials & PE eDay Lessons are clearly linked on their webpage and links sent to the Homeroom teacher to be added to the class assignments.


    Check out the Student/Parent Helps here.

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  • Want to Get Organized? Wakelet

    Posted by Sharon Mumm on 7/25/2019

    Educational Examples of Wakelet

    Top 10 ways to use Wakelet


    It will even curate your twitter chats! 

    Why use it? 

    It’s important in today’s digital age that Educators are digital curators who can find and share relevant information with their students. Educators have an abundance of resources and content that they would like to share with fellow teachers and their students. However, the challenge they face is figuring out how to efficiently organize all of their different sources of content into a coherent way that is easy to view. Digital curation, the alignment of curation with digital technology and participatory culture, is new and innovative, and provides opportunity for critical inquiry, a platform to demonstrate interpretative and creative abilities, and the potential for both faculty and students to develop digital literacies.----- Naomi Timperley 

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  • Tech Tips - Summer # 2

    Posted by Sharon Mumm on 6/20/2019

    All existing desktops at BWF have been imaged (admins & Office are on hold). Computers that are being replaced have been “killed” and are out of classrooms.  This is just a reminder to (as always after imaging) do the following on your desktop when you get back to school:

    1. Set up your Outlook email by:
      • Clicking your Start Menu to make your *TILES
      • Clicking on the Outlook 2016 tile.
      • Clicking Next, Next, Next. Finish.

    2. Show your bookmarks bar & sign in to Google Chrome by:
      • Launching the Google Chrome web browser.
      • Clicking your Google Chrome Menu in upper right corner.
      • Clicking bookmarks/show bookmarks bar.
      • On the bookmarks bar, clicking the Apps icon on the far left.
      • In the upper right corner, where it says “Not signed in to Chrome”, sign in using your MBS Google Account. (login@student.mtnbrook.k12.al.us and your Network Password)

    3. Set your Default Printer by:
      • Searching for Control Panel & choosing View by: Large icons.
      • Choosing Devices and Printers & scrolling down to Printers.
      • Right clicking your printer and selecting “set as default printer.”
        Make sure you set up your Copiers with your copier number as secure print. Click here for instructions. 
    • Sign in to Classlink & make sure your Google & Microsoft 365 Accounts are connected to your Classlink by:
      • Clicking My Files at the bottom of the Classlink screen
      • Clicking Manage Services & clicking Connect.

    • Find your files by:
      • Right clicking the Start Menu and choosing File Explorer.
      • Click This PC, then scroll down to find your G drive (and other drives).

    • Pin Applications you use frequently to your taskbar by:
      • Searching, in the Start Menu, for the application you want to pin.
      • Right click the application and choose “Pin to taskbar”.
        • Hint: pin the snipping tool—(love the snipping tool).
        • Hint: don’t pin too many applications, or you won’t be able to see them all—just pin a few (word, excel, ppt, outlook are all on the *quick tiles for easy access.
    1. Remember local programs like Mirror 360 were removed during imaging. Get those programs back by:
      • Re-installing. Directions linked above.
      • Remember Mirror 360 is only if you signed up in 2018 school year to have it purchased for you--if so, you received a reminder email from Mumm with your license code today.

    2. Set up your desktop that is connected to your projector to either duplicate or extend by:
      • Clicking the notifications icon on the far right of the taskbar & choosing Project (if you don’t see project, click expand).
      • Choosing duplicate or extend. (Remember duplicate shows on your projector exactly what is on your desktop; extend treats your projector as your second display, & you have to drag over to the projector display what you want your audience to see—be sure to drag it back, or you’ll think your program you are launching doesn’t work if your projector is off and you can’t see it is open where you dragged it—on your projector image.)
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